You can follow me and my blogs at Follow my blog with Bloglovin.
Some of us gift giving people don't really want to see people open their gift but I'm just not one of those. I love seeing their reaction. In that moment, you know what they think. People don't really school their features so you can tell if they are intrigued but unsure, extremely happy, or just think you have absolutely no idea what they like.
My best friend is one of these people. You can tell immediately what she is thinking. So when I gave her a Mickey/Donald/Goofy blanket with all of them dressed like California Angels (baseball), I saw that spark. First, my best friend is always cold. When she's home or at my house she wants a blanket she can take with her all over the house because she's cold even in the summer. Secondly, she loves Disney and her third love is baseball which developed after she married. Her favorite team? Yes, California Angels. I realized later she'd texted her husband (also an Angels's fan) to tell him about it. *pat myself on the back* That is the pleasure of getting someone a gift they love. It makes them happy and you.
Am I tooting my own horn? Maybe. But the idea is getting to know a person well enough that when you see some obscure thing you'll know all the reason why it is a good gift for them.
We always hope the same is true in reverse.
So what is one of the best gifts you've ever received for Christmas?
( Read more...Collapse )
kriegersfever, for the lovely card and the kind message inside. I've very happy I could help you with any layout woes.
Always a moment I truly loved in the movie.
So as Christmas movies go, what is you favorite? And please don't say It's a Wonderful Life. Everyone says that and I have to wonder if they even thought about the question. I respect that you like the movie, even if I'm not really a fan, but there are so many great Christmas movies out there to choose from. I suppose if It's a Wonderful Life is truly your favorite that is fine but then please give me another Christmas movie you love. The idea id variety.
If you've never tried them... do. Take them to a party and open them. You'll get a few without eating the entire bag yourself.
Moving on to a recipe my family loves which I've shared before though it is a lot easier to make now that I've divided up the recipe to allow for smaller batches.
Cheoreg (pronounced Ch-er-egg)
Cheoreg is an Armenian recipe. This specific recipe is my great-grandmothers recipe and I’m told my great-grandfather had at least one Cheoreg everyday. #1 It is a miracle he lived into his 90s and #2 my great-grandmother must have spent every waking moment baking but then in an Armenian family all the woman get together to cook so she had help.
Also, just so you know, this is a good way to bribe someone and/or make someone like you a lot more than they did. Seriously. It's worked on 2 teachers, many friends and a handful of strangers.
The Cheoreg is my families Christmas and often Easter tradition though another favorite is Dolma which most know by the name stuffed grape leaves. The real difference is that what you find in stores isn't Dolma but Sarma and often has some kind of cold rice mixture inside of it. I've never been a fan of even the best prepared Sarma so if that is your experience please consider this recipe as far better.
Prepared Grape Leaves
2 lbs. ground beef or lamb
2 onions finely chopped
1 cup rice
About 15 oz. pureed tomatoes
About 14 oz. diced tomatoes
1 bunch finely chopped parsley
½ cup finely chopped mint (fresh is best)
6 cloves finely minced garlic
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp lemon juice
1 large can chicken broth
1 large can tomato juice
( Make it...Collapse )
Even if you don't have the leaves, stuffing bell peppers or squash with this mixture is always great. I'm currently working on a way to make ground Turkey or Chicken taste just as good because currently there is no comparison to the ground beef though I'm betting a mixture of lamb and beef would be excellent.
What foods are a tradition in your family? I would love any great ideas. Feel free to post them or share a link.